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, they might be interviewing the astronauts today. >>> these are not shuttle astronauts but four afghanistan women are making history nonetheless. they are among the first female pilots in the afghanistan air force. >> you're going to open the door for our ladies in afghanistan. it's a big deal for us to open the door for others, the other ladies that have the dream that they can't do it, we want to show them. >> their journey began two years ago when the afghan army began looking for women to join. they will spend the next few months training in the united states before returning home to afghanistan. >>> the major phone companies aren't keeping the third party mystery fees off your phone bills. we're talking about land lines by the way, not cell phones. big phone says it's taken steps but admits it's still a big problem. >>> for money news, let's go to joya dosh. i'm expecting a rough morning for stocks. how's it looking? >> it's actually looking pretty good. the futures are pointing to a higher open, which is a bit of a fresh start from earlier in the week. >> i want to ask people, don't t
is meeting with his afghanistan team today what is that about? >> it's the changing of the guard. the beginning of the drawdown this month in afghanistan. he's got the new secretary of defense leon pan net that in the office with him. ryan crocker who was on friday, confirmed as the newest ambassador to afghanistan. new players who are going to help make the decisions that the president is going to be making over the next several months and maybe years, having to do with the numbers of troops in place and the relationship between the united states government and the government of afghanistan. >> all right, tim, good stuff to look forward to today. >>> how would you like to wake up to $11 billion this morning? it happened at a temper overseas. we're talking about ancient buried treasure. find out exactly what was found after this quick break. >>> if you're up this early today, could be your special day. tuesday, july 5th is national workahol workaholics day. 16 minutes after the hour. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's fo
joining you live this morning from new york. let's start with breaking news in afghanistan, the half brother of this country's president was shot in killed in kandahar. ahmed wali karzai owned his own guard, gunned him down in his house while he was entertaining friends. this karzai was a powerful council chief and pretty powerful guy, his name has been linked to drug dealing. one u.s. diplomatic cable turned up on wikileaks, widely known to be corrupt and narcotics trafficker. "every afghan family has suffered. i hope one day these sufferings end." >>> in the u.s. top democrats and republicans plan fill the gaps between spending gaps and other savings that republicans want. long and short of it, no deal yet, just a brick wall. we like jay leno's take on the whole debate. listen. >> i said no. >> i said no first! >> i said no first! >> no, i said no first! >> i said no first! >> question is, which one is the democrat? which one was the republican? president obama even alluded to childhood to describe where this debate stands. >> we might as well do it now, pull off the band-aid, eat
in afghanistan marries the woman of his dreams, over the phone. when they couldn't get married in person, they found a way to make it happen thousands of miles apart. vote by texting 22360. text one for hacker tracker, two for grandny chases incident truder or three tore phone wedding. that will air in the next hour. >>> poker showdown, political game of chicken, hot mess. whatever analogy you prefer, the deadline to raise the country's debt limit is one week from today. still no plans. back to back tv speeches happened last night. you had president obama and house speaker john boehner squaring off or spending cuts and tax increases. >> how can we slash funding for education and clean energy. before we ask people like me to give up tax breaks we don't need and didn't ask for. >> the president has often said we need a balanced approach, which in washington mooedz means we spend more and you pay more. having run a small business, i know those tax increases will destroy jobs. the solution to this crisis is not complicated. if you're spending more money than you're taking in, you need to spe
be the most egregious example to date of widespread corruption in afghanistan. american taxpayer money, hundreds of millions of dollars, ending up in the hands of the taliban. a year-long u.s. military task force discovered that the money was siphoned from a $2 billion transportation contract to provide most of the supplies to american troops. a source with knowledge of the investigation has briefed cnn about how it all went down. we are joined now from the afghan capital, kabul. just tell us briefly, how did this happen? >> reporter: this is coming from an internal report, but basically what happened was trucking companies subcontracted out to local entities here, who then in turn subcontracted out to even more local providers. what happened was it turns out that some of those local, more local firms actually had some ties to nefarious elements, including the taliban. what we see here is a bulk of the transportation costs being filtered through some of these trucking companies and part of that money is actually ending up in the hands of the very individuals who are fighting nato force
of afghanistan. >> that's right. we begin there where afghan president hamid karzai's half brother was found shot to death at his home. ahmed wali karzai was the provenÇal council chief of kandahar. he suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest according to hospital officials. a spokesman for kandahar's government said a guard killed karzai. the taliban says -- >> we've seen the worst so far. excessive heat warnings and advisories posted in 23 states. the heat in many areas could reach 115 degrees. the heat wave is being blamed for one death in madison county, illinois. in oklahoma it was so hot, that part of a highway buckled. look at that. motorist was hospitalized after his bike hit the buckled pavement. in arkansas several communities have opened cooling centers. good rule of thumb in this heat whatever you're doing don't overdo it. >> if you're going to go outside in heat like this better be drinking a lot of water before you come out. make sure you have some substance in your stomach or you might be going to the hospital. >> it was hard to stay focused because it was so hot out. >> dehy
last act as commander of nato forces in afghanistan. he handed off authority to the new komd ander john allen. petraeus is retiring from the army at the end of the month. he will be taking over as director of the cia in september. >> that's right. the government not able to pay its bills is looming large they are morning. the clock ticks towards the deadline. 16 days now and counting. the president and congressional lead remember pecked to meet again this week. last week wasn't all that successful. at the same time, the senate will begin debating a scaled-back fallback plan. both sides say they are optimistic they will strike a deal. >> i'm confident cooler heads will prevail. at tend we will not allow the united states to default on its debt despite the fact some people think that would be okay. >> if the president keeps insisting on raising taxes on american workers, there's not going to be a deal. i do think, however, that republican leaders will not allow the country to go into default. >> president obama insists both parties must agree on a deal by friday in order for it to get pas
in afghanistan. the afghan army is short-staffed and learning to shoot as the u.s. tries to leave what a cnn crew found out on patrol in the mountains. >>> i'm ali velshi. nasa about to retire its shuttle program after friday's final launch. the space agency now looking into its past to help make a transition into its future on this "american morning." good morning. it's wednesday, july 6th. i'm christine romans. >> gla we are still talking about the casey anthony trial. what happens now? she could be a free woman tomorrow at her sentencing. committed on murder charges. after six weeks of testimony, nearly 11 hours of jury deliberations, it was not the courtroom climax that many seem to be expecting. >> as to the charge of first-degree murder, verdict as to count i, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of aggravated child abuse, verdict as to count ii, he w, the jury, found the defendant not guilty. as as to the aggravated manslaughter of a child, count iii, we, the jury, find the defendant not guilty. >> wow. the look on her face. just the look on her face as those count
and afghanistan. he is in baghdad this morning where he's meeting with u.s. forces as well as iraqi leaders. he says iraq has to do more to prevent insurge attacks on americans with iranian weapons. >> i would like for iraq to exert more of an effort to go after those extremists that are making use of these weapons, that if you are going, they have a responsibility to protect against that kind of attack occurring. >> all 46,000 remaining american troops are withdrawing this year under an agreement between the two countries. iraqi leaders are debating whether to request u.s. troops stay in the country beyond 2011. >>> this morning, pakistan telling america, keep your money, after the u.s. announced it's withholding $800 million in military aid. this is more evidence of the growing rift between the u.s. and pakistan. white house chief of staff william daly says it's in response to pakistan's decision to cut back on counterterrorism operations after the killing of osama bin laden. the u.s. typically gives pakistan more than $2 billion a year in security assistance. >>> u.s. joint chiefs of staff a
" reported last year by jason carroll. he's back in afghanistan with one of those soldiers, sergeant randy shorter. >> sergeant shorter was part of the surge who arrived last august. his one-year mission is nearly complete. jason is live from shirr rana in the northeastern part of afghanistan. happy fourth of july to you, nice to see you. >> and happy fourth of july to you. i'm going to bring in randy shorter right now. i have to tell you, we now have to refer to him as first sergeant randy shorter because he's since been promoted since the last time the two of us were together. let me bring you in here now. tell us about, what was it september, august, the last time i was with you guys? >> tell me what the past several months have been like? the taliban has been exerting its influence in the area. how has it been for you? >> for me and my men it's been quite busy. getting out there, getting after it. we've been steadily, you know, helping the afghan people here. we've been promoting a lot of projects, a lot of schools, getting out there every day. >> also, congratulations on that promotio
budget' get u.s. troops out of afghanistan and out of iraq and speaking of iraq, june has been the deadliest month for u.s. troops in iraq in two years. a fact not lost on the new secretary of defense. >>> a few minutes away from this. barbara, leon panetta will do things his own way and a little bit different. i love this. he is going to bring his golden retriever to work. >> reporter: there is bravo, the wonder dog, who we will introduce everyone to i'm sure the coming weeks and months. bravo is an absolutely gorgeous golden retriever! you see him there with panetta and mrs. panetta at a ceremony. this is just the world's most gorgeous dog! bravo went to staff meetings at the cia, around the secret hallways with the director when panetta was there. he is described by cia operatives as the only dog in washington with a top secret clearance. >> he is a bomb sniffing dog? >> can he do anything cool because he's a cia dog? >> reporter: not that we know of. other than sit around and wag his tail and look at you with these incredible big brown eyes. >> this is all fun and games unt
in afghanistan's air force. >> and are training in texas. ed lavandara has more on their history making mission. >> reporter: the passion and dreams of these four women easily cuts through their broken english. >> we are going to open the door for our laid niece afghanistan. it is a big deal for us to open the door. ladies that have dreams but can't do it. we want to show them. >> reporter: these laid reese lieutenants in the afghanistan military and have come to the united states to study english at the defense language institute in texas. it is their dreams of piloting helicopters that could help change the future of women in their homeland. >> these young ladies are path finders, trail blazers. and -- as such, they are subject to the criticism and antagonism of those that don't want to see the particular path. >> reporter: the soldiers say they are prepared for the scrutiny and are confident. >> the women of afghanistan, don't be afraid of anything. if you want to do something, you can do it. just believe in yourself you can do it. >> reporter: back home, these women are battling chauvanism.
. the first u.s. troops have left afghanistan. the draw down is under way. barbara starr is live for us at the pentagon. hey, barbara. >> good morning, soledad. the first of the 33,000 surge forces, in fact, yes, on their way home out of afghanistan now. u.s. officials are confirming about 650 troops mainly from the iowa national guard, left afghanistan on wednesday. they will not be replaced and that's how they're going to begin to achieve this draw down that president obama ordered. bring troops home as scheduled, don't send in new troops. soledad. >> the administration is jumping back into the don't ask, don't tell debate. what's happening now? >> well, this is really very interesting, but legally, a bit murky. the obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to suspend its ruling that would end enforcement of don't ask, don't tell in the u.s. military. what the obama administration says, it wants, is to keep to the new status quo, if you will, to follow that congressional law where the military will lift the ban on don't ask, don't tell. they're already working on it. they
? >> afghanistan, tell us about this, sainl, launching a new tv show called "the ministry." from people i've talked to, they say it seems like the afghan version of "the office." >> that's exactly what it's supposed to be, the afghan version of "the office." they're even going to shoot it in the same way, this loose documentary format style, too. what they're saying is they're not just dealing with an office scenario, but they'll be focusing on the ministry of garbage, but they want to focus on important afghan issues like corruption. that is going to be a show to watch if you're in afghanistan. it's going to be on the main local commercial tv channel there. speaking of shows, ali, i was watching ""the daily show"," guess who popped up. take a look at this picture. jon stewart comparing, yes, ali velshi to, oh, no, an egg. >> an egg. >> an egg with glasses. >> good glasses. i want you to know i took offense to this, ali. this kind of upset me. i didn't think it was fair. i actually thought this was better. take a look at what i came up with, ali as the moon. how about ali as watermelon. >> nice. >>
, including more than 100,000 in afghanistan, 92,000 in iraq, 79,000 in europe, and 43,000 in east asia and the pacific. hats off to all of you today. >>> let's go around the world with manita. you may be one of my older friends at cnn because we worked together even before we got here. what a pleasure to see you. busy morning. tell us about what's going on in chi china. >> yeah, it's good to see you, as well, ali. it has been a while. yeah, china, what we're dealing with right now there is another situation in which this country is not immune to. it has seen a lot of this situation happen before. we're talking about miners trapped in coal mines. what we understand, the southern part of china has been dealing with some torrential downpours and heavy rains. what has happened is that sum of these mines have been overflowed and have been flowing with a lot of the rain and water trapping some 40 miners in 2 separate coal mines. what they understand, some three bodies have already been pulled out. the fact of the matter is the heavy rains are also making it difficult for rescuers to actually
of knowledge tied to funding cuts for prevention. monita, let's take it to afghanistan first of all. impeachment talks going on in the afghan parliament took a turn for the worse. >> it's been an interesting week for women in politics. earlier we were talking about the mayor in the phillippines who punched a sheriff. now two mps in the afghan parliament, women who decided to defend a vice president who said said their reputation was tarnished within the parliamentary discussion. one threw a battle of water at the other. the other started to punch another person. it became an interesting time within the afghan parliamentary meeting right now. also, they're having discussions about whether or not president karzai should be impeached. he had -- they're questioning the legality of a court that he had set up for those who were questioning -- who wanted to argue the fact that they had lost the elections back last year. so there are a lot of questions surrounding now his -- whether or not he's fit enough to be president. so there's a lot of anger within the afghan parliament. it's very emb
to go fight in afghanistan. >> reporter: he spent much of 2002 and 3:00 near kandahar, hunting for taliban. he came back to harvard, but in 2009 with the national guard unit, he went back to afghanistan. >> whoa! >> damn! >> i spent a lot of time with rout clearance units looking for ieds and we got hit several times and vehicles in front of me blown up. my vehicle never got hit. i was very, very lucky. when you run up there and pull open the door and see your injured buddies, you'll never forget that site. >> reporter: this time, back home, he began to explore the science of brain injury. >> what happens when the brain gets hit by a blast wave and slams up against the inside of the skull. >> reporter: with colleagues at northeastern university, parker built new tools to study how a blast affects the brain. it could be years before this leads to new treatments, but parker hopes that eventually will have a broad impact. >> concussions that your favorite football player suffers or the head injury you get when you're in a car accident and your head snaps forward or a shaking baby
of that is what senator reid calls the winding down of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. that will save a trillion dollars. now republicans have called that a gimmick, a savings from wars that are winding down, even though, by the way, the same savings were counted in some republican budgets. reid's plan would not reform or cut medicare, medicaid, social security. also no changes to taxes. it would raise the debt ceiling by 2.4 trillion dollars. that would be enough to fund the government through next year's election. the boehner plan is considered more short term. it would raise the debt ceiling in two different steps. the first step would happen immediately raising the ceiling by a trillion dollars and spending cuts of 1.2 trillion over ten years. and get us to next year, right some we need a second vote to raise the debt ceiling again by another $1.6 trillion. that second increase would be contingent on more cuts. another $1.8 trillion in spending cuts and have to be agreed to by a bipartisan committee. >> so far, the debt stalemate has been a drag on the stock markets but not as bad as some of
in afghanistan and iraq as to go around the u.s. as a yankees cap. it really is so important is so many ways. a lot of people are happy that the u.s. is taking enthusiasm this time around. i hope the u.s. team wins. i'll be kicking a football around with them a. soccer ball around with them for a while before the match. >> i'm sure you can teach them something. >> me and abby. >> you won't be faking anything. that's for sure. >> no way. >> thanks, kyra. >>> an hour from now, abby is going to talk to us live next hour right here in the cnn "newsroom." >>> in the modern world media, he's the wizard of oz, managing the message behind the curtain. just ahead, we'll take a good hard look at rupert murdoch. >>> and your favorite emmy's are nominating. that's next. there's another way to minimize litter box odor: purina tidy cats. tidy cats premium line of litters now works harder to help neutralize odors in multiple-cat homes. and our improved formula also helps eliminate dust. so it's easier than ever to keep your house smelling just the way you want it. purina tidy cats. keep your home smelling
in afghanistan. he mosted a video asks mila kunis to go to the marine ball with him. first she said yes and then took it back. mila has a scheduling conflict. she will be filming two movies in november and can't go. but she says she will still hang with him another time. >> do you think that's better or worse, hang with him another time, go to a movie or something like that. you don't think this is happening. you think she is not. why do you think she's not? >> i think that she probably doesn't feel comfortable going on a date with this guy she never met before. and she seemed a little pressured into it by her co-star, justin timberlake. >> now let's see what j.t. says. another marine corps post ad video asking justin timberlake to be her date to the event. she even had a facebook page for it. here is her proposal. >> so, justin, you want to call out my girl mila? i'm going to call you out and ask you to come to the marine corps ball with me in washington, d.c. if you can't go all i have to say is cry me a river. >> that was good. now justin timberlake is in a tough spot. he kept nudgin
of the recent cases in afghanistan, there was a little girl, right, who had been tricked sort of to walk towards a building with a -- as a suicide bomber? she didn't even know she was a suicide bomber. >> right, and we've seen this where they will put children in cars and have them drive it up and children don't realize the cars are, you know, improvised explosive devices, going to explode and kill the children as well, but let's be clear. this is an organization with no more or less, no scruples, and so they are willing to murder their own children for the furtherance of the cause. when you look at the graphics that we've seen so far, they glorify jihad. they glorify war. they show these young children, teenagers with weapons, regrenade launchers, assisting other hurt children. what they don't show is the consequences of that activity. drone strikes, children being killed, children being abused and children being taken away from their families. this is meant to be a recru recruitment tool and that's exactly the way they do it, they glorify the war. >> in 20 seconds, the main concern is how succ
' voicemail from those fighting or killed in afghanistan and iraq. so finally the statement from james murdoch, the son of rupert murdoch, saying if allegations are true, it is inhuman that the paper and the company had failed toss to the bottom of repeated wrongdoing. what it says here is wrongdoers turned a good newsroom into bad. this it won't carry any advertising, but the money from subscriptions will go to good causes, and it will be the last edition. >> richard, just because the end of "news of the world" doesn't necessarily mean the end of the investigation or scandal? >> oh, there are two investigations. one into phone hacking scandal. documents have been revealed showing the newspaper paid the police either for tips or whatever. on top of that there's whole questions of civil litigation. no, this is not going away. why they have chosen to close the newspaper will be the interesting question, was it on moral grounds alone or commercial grounds? this was a brand that was destroyed. >> all right. richard quest, we appreciate you, as always. thank you so much. >>> we're getting close to
in mandatory programs winding down from wars in iraq and afghanistan. the big point here is his plan is not contingent on congress coming together around major deficit reduction measures for the president to be able to raise the debt ceiling once again. we now, within a half an hour of each other, we have these two dueling plans they will be working their way through both chambers of commerce. >> opinions about them will be working their way through the media as well, i'm sure. >> yes, absolutely. >> indicakate bolduan on capito. >>> does your significant other snore? i'll tell you about a unique hotel chain. [ female announcer ] sweet honey taste. 80 calories per serving. 40% daily value of fiber. i'm here in the downtown area where the crowd is growing. [ female announcer ] watching calories at breakfast never tasted this sweet... i'll go get my bowl. [ female announcer ] ...or this huge. new fiber one 80 calories. yes, you can actually love breakfast. now?! [ female announcer ] crest whitestrips two hour express. in just two hours you can have a noticeably whiter smile that lasts
scandal, but also people, soldiers that died in afghanistan. their families' phones are also alleged to have been hacked into. this is getting bigger and bigger every day. it is creating a massive fuss here in the uk. >> it is quite an -- extending here, obviously. there are a lot of major companies as you mentioned that are saying we are pulling our ads until we find out what this is. others said weigh will wait million it is settled before we rush to judgment. it is having an influence on the parent company. thank you very much. we will stay on top of this sto story. reynolds wolf in text treatment weather center. what's it looking like in the united states? >> it depends where you happen to be. towards the west coast, conditions should be nice. relatively dry. get to the pacific northwest and it will be a of sphere storms across portions of the midwest including missouri and perhaps even into parts of northern and central arkansas. little rock, into the afternoon. flight delays a possibility there. athlete is going to continue for parts of texas. just relentless stuff. we are look
in spending for the wars in iraq and afghanistan. so what the republicans have been saying, some of that math is fuzzy and they want deeper cuts. but the great concession that the democrats already made to the republican, harry reid pointed it out, and the republicans should see this as a great victory, there are no tax increases at all, no tax changes, no revenue increased from any tax reform in harry reid's proposal. so on the issue of taxes, the republicans have already won. it's a major victory on their part. the democrats are no longer seeking any increase or any changes, any elimination of tax loophole, any of those controversial tax aspects. so it's a major concession on the part of the democrats. they need it in order to get some sort of deal through. and the white house has accepted that, as well, reluctantly because you heard monday night in the president's speech how much he wanted increased revenue from changes in the tax laws. so they made a major concession already ander that's hoping that will be enough to get a combination of moderate democrats and republicans when all the dus
decade. a big piece is what senator reid calls the winding down of the wars in iraq and afghanistan. that will save $1 trillion. republicans have called that a gimmick, savings from wars that are winding down, even though by the way, the same savings were counted in some republican budgets. reid's plan would not reform or cut medicare, medicaid, social security. there would be no changes to taxes. it would raise the debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion. that would be enough to fund the government through next year's election. now the boehner plan is more short term. it would raise the debt ceiling in two different steps. the first step would happen immediately. raising that ceiling by about a trillion dollars, would be accompanied by spending cuts of $1.2 trillion over ten years. that would get us to next year. right? when we would need a second vote to raise the debt ceiling again by another $1.6 trillion. now that second increase would be contingent on more cuts, another 1.8 there the in spending cuts that would have to be agreed to by a bipartisan committee. the second vote you guys, is
blocks, we all have in common and you look around these clips from afghanistan to iraq to california to copenhagen, wherever it is, and you see actually everybody is frightened of death, everybody loves their children, you know, so that sense of unity is very reassuring i find, many optimistic. i'm a pessimistic european. normally i think life miserable but this made me think life is pretty great actually. >> i hate movie critics. nobody ever writes about a movie why i would want to see it. if i'm telling my buddies why they should see this movie, what's the pitch is this. >> it is a time capsule of a moment on earth and it's made into a movie, almost 4,500 hours, made into a movie. it's a series of youtube clips. well, it's actually made to feel like it's 95 minutes long and you go on a journey, you start at midnight on one day and end at midnight on the next and you experience the world in that day and you laugh and you relate to characters and i think you cry a bit. i had a screen last night at the museum of modern art, people were in floods of tears, but they also feel uplifted b
tease ever. thank you. >> 31 minutes after the hour. >>> in afghanistan, the mayor of kandahar killed by a suicide bomber. officials say ghoulen ha dar was inside a meeting hall when the attacker detonated an explosive device inside his turban. >>> 21-year-old man in uzbekistan has been charged with threatening to kill president obama. the justice department says that the suspect was arrested in alabama earlier this month after obtaining a machine gun as well as grenades from undercover agents. officials say he was in the u.s. illegally, had a student visa that was revoked. he was indicted yesterday on four counts of threatening to kill the president. >>> and with six days until the debt ceiling deadline back to the drawing board for house speaker john boehner. he had to postpone today's vote on his bill because republicans want more spending cuts. the bill will not come to a vote until thursday u.s. wasn't they just wanted more, when they added up the bill didn't add up to what he thought it was supposed to. >>> in the debate over the debt ceiling and raising it and what to get in ex
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